Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The Wrong Cheerleaders

After we saw the Lebanese peacefully oppose the Syrian occupation of their nation last week, now we see a pro-Syrian rally pulled off by none other than Hezbollah, the "Party of God". For those who don't know, Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. More to the point, they are a terrorist organization that receives money and weapons from Syria. Which makes their support of Syria's occupation of Lebanon quite understandable.

Of course, they were waiving the Lebanese flag with the cedar tree on it (as it would probably convey the wrong message to waive a Syrian flag), but the gigantic terrorist-led demonstration has another twist. Many of its members were people coerced into being present and bussed in from Syria. Nothing like people celebrating their lives being under a dictator's thumb.

But I just can't get past the Hezbollah thing. Nobody who wants to establish legitimacy wants David Duke or Ward Churchill being the face of their cause. But when the Saudis of all people rebuff Bashar Assad, it's clear that his list of allies in the region is pretty short. Or it could be that Assad is so blitheringly insulated that he doesn't see a problem with bloody hands applauding his regime.

Either way, the PR effort was less than successful.

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